Story is built from your characters’ goals and ambitions changed by circumstance and connected by one unifying theme.
If nothing is perfect so why should you be? Have fun - there is nothing wrong in painting a mediocre picture or writing a poor story. Forget the mistakes and enjoy the process. You can always make it better on the rewrite. So strive for excellence, not perfection. Excellence is obtainable, healthy and rewarding. Conquer [...]
We are dealing with a sympathetic character (the hero) who has to overcome a series of increasingly difficult, seemingly insurmountable obstacles and achieve a compelling desire (or knowledge). It consists of assiduously asking three simple questions: What does the hero want? What hinders her from getting it? What happens if she does not get it?
Take a novel by a favourite writer and copy out of three or four pages just to get the fingers and thoughts moving.
Remember: life is simple. All you have to do is 'follow through'. Mask your fear of failure. Write down your reasons for writing this book. If the book feels too large, then divide and conquer. Alternatively, you could practice doing nothing… see what a bore it is. The word is Action.
To discover the truth of a matter, be independent of opinions. Opinions can always be argued whereas a fact can never be denied.
There are two important writing skills: the ability to think clearly and the habit of writing down thoughts as you think them.